Windows 11 has several keyboard shortcuts that allow you to perform tasks more easily and help you save time, increasing productivity when using the system. As the software has brought a number of new features, the list of Windows commands has also gained new shortcuts. The combination Windows + C, for example, opens Microsoft Teams, while the command Windows + C triggers the widgets panel.

The list also includes well-known sequences such as the traditional Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V, and less famous shortcuts like Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager and Alt +F4 to close windows and software. Below, Techidence lists all shortcuts on the Microsoft system separated by type of use.

New shortcuts added to Windows 11

With the addition of new features, Windows 11 also gained new shortcuts. The commands allow you to open Microsoft Teams, the notifications panel, and also the widgets menu, among other things.

New Shortcuts for Windows 11

ShortcutAction
Windows + AOpen Action Center
Windows + NOpen Notifications Panel
Windows + WOpen widgets panel
Windows + ZQuick access to “Snap Layout”
Windows + COpen Microsoft Teams

Essential and Text Editing Shortcuts

The most popular Windows shortcuts are still present in version 11. The list of commands includes the traditional Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V, and Ctrl + X, widely used for text editing, and F5, employed to refresh web pages.

Essential and Text Editing Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Ctrl + XCut the selected item
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste the selected item
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps
Alt + F4Close the active item or exit the active application
Windows + LLock your computer
Windows + DShow and hide the desktop
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4Show address bar list in File Explorer
F5Update active window
F6Cycle through screen elements of a window or desktop
F10Activate the Menu Bar in the active application
Alt + F8Display your password on the credentials screen
Alt + EscScroll through the items in the order they were opened
Alt + underlined letterRun the command for that letter
Alt + EnterShow selected item properties
Alt + SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu of the active window
Alt + Left ArrowCome back
Alt + Right ArrowAdvance
Alt + Page UpMove one screen up
Alt + Page DownMove one screen down
Ctrl + F4Close the active document (in applications that are full-screen and allow multiple documents to open at the same time)
Ctrl + ASelect all items in a document or window
Ctrl + D (or Delete)Delete selected item and move it to Trash
Ctrl + EOpen Search (in most apps)
Ctrl + R (or F5)Update active window
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + Right ArrowMove the cursor to the start of the next word
Ctrl + Left ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Alt + TabUse the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
Alt + Shift + arrow keysWhen a group or block has focus on the Start menu, move it in the specified direction.
Ctrl + Shift + arrow keysWhen a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it to another tile to create a folder
Ctrl + arrow keysResize the Start menu when it’s open
Ctrl + arrow key (to go to an item) + SpacebarSelect multiple items separately in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow keySelect a text block
Ctrl + EscOpen Start
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager.
Ctrl + ShiftChange keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available.
Shift + F10Show the selected item’s shortcut menu
Shift with any arrow keySelecting more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or selecting text in a document
Shift + DeleteDelete the selected item without moving it to Trash first
Right arrowOpen the next menu on the right or open a submenu
Left arrowOpen the next menu on the left or close a submenu.
EscStop or end current task
PrtScTake a screenshot of the entire screen and copy it to your clipboard.

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Windows Key Shortcuts

Windows key shortcuts are complementary. They make it easier to open and close apps and make it easier to activate some features. For this list Windows 11 has brought, among others, the shortcut Windows + C, which lets you quickly start Microsoft Teams.

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Windows Key Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Windowsopen or close start
Windows + AOpen Quick Settings
Windows + BSet focus to the drop-down menu to show hidden icons
Windows + COpen Microsoft Teams
Windows + Shift + COpen button menu
Windows + Ctrl + CTurn on color filters (activate this shortcut first in the color filters settings)
Windows + DShow and hide the desktop
Windows + EOpen File Explorer
Windows + FOpen Feedback Hub and take a screenshot
Windows + GOpen Xbox Game Bar when a game is open
Windows + HStart voice typing
Windows + IOpen Settings
Windows + JSet focus to a Windows tip when one is available
Windows + LLock your computer or change accounts
Windows + MMinimize all windows
Windows + Shift + MRestore minimized windows to desktop
Windows + NOpen notification center and calendar
Windows + OLock device orientation
Windows + PChoose a presentation view
Windows + Ctrl + QOpen Quick Assistance
Windows + ROpen the Run dialog
Windows + Alt + RRecord video of hover game window (using Xbox Game Bar)
Windows + Sopen search
Windows + Shift + STake a screenshot of part of your screen
Windows + TBrowse apps on the taskbar
Windows + UOpen Accessibility Settings
Windows + VOpen clipboard history
Windows + Shift + VFocus a notification
Windows‌ + WOpen Widgets
Windows + XOpen the Quick Link menu
Windows + YSwitch input between Windows Mixed Reality and desktop
Windows + ZOpen the layout adjustment.
Windows + semicolon (.) or semicolon (;)Open the emoji panel
Windows + comma (,)Temporarily spying on the desktop
Windows + PauseOpen the System Properties dialog
Windows + Ctrl + FSearch for computers (if you are on a network)
Windows + NumberOpen the desktop and start the application pinned to the taskbar, in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app
Windows + Shift + NumberOpen the desktop and start a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar, at the position indicated by the number
Windows + Ctrl + NumberOpen the desktop and switch to the last active application window pinned to the taskbar, in the position indicated by the number
Windows + Alt + NumberOpen the desktop and open the application’s Jump List pinned to the taskbar, in the position indicated by the number
Windows + Ctrl + Shift + NumberOpen the desktop and open a new instance of the application located in the specified position on the taskbar as an administrator
Windows + TabOpen Task View
Windows + Up arrowmaximize window
Windows + Alt + Up arrowFit window into focus on the top half of screen (new in Windows 11).
Windows + Down arrowRemove the current application from the screen or minimize the desktop window
Windows + Alt + Down arrowFit docker in focus to the bottom half of the screen (new in Windows 11)
Windows + Left ArrowMaximize the application or desktop window on the left side of the screen.
Windows + Right ArrowMaximize the application or desktop window on the right side of the screen
Windows + HomeMinimize all desktop windows except the active one (restore all windows with a second press)
Windows + Shift + Up ArrowStretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows + Shift + Down ArrowRestore/minimize desktop active windows vertically while maintaining width
Windows + Shift + Left Arrow or Right ArrowMoving an application or a window on the desktop from one monitor to another
Windows + Shift + SpacebarScroll through elements by language and keyboard layout
Windows + SpacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Windows + Ctrl + SpacebarChange to a previously selected entry
Windows + Ctrl + Enterturn on the narrator
Windows + Plus Sign (+)open magnifying glass and enlarge
Windows + Subtraction (-)Zoom in on the magnifying glass
Windows‌ + EscClose Magnifying Glass
Windows + Ctrl + Shift + BActivate the PC from a blank or black screen.
Windows + PrtScnSave full-screen capture to archive
Windows + Alt + PrtScnSave a screenshot of the hover game window to archive (using Xbox Game Bar)

Command Prompt Shortcuts

The command prompt is an advanced Windows feature that allows you to access system functionality using a programming language. It is typically used by advanced users or IT professionals. The shortcut to open the command prompt is Windows + X, and the commands listed below are applicable within the tool.

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Command Prompt Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy selected text
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste selected text
Ctrl + MEnter Brand Mode
Alt + selection keyStart selection in lock mode
Direction keysMove cursor in a specified direction
Page UpMove cursor up one page
Page DownMove cursor down one page
Ctrl + Home (brand mode)Move the cursor to the start of the next buffer
Ctrl + End (mark mode)Move the cursor to the end of the next buffer
Ctrl + Up arrowMove up one line in the output history
Ctrl + Down arrowMove one line down in output history
Ctrl + Home (History browsing)If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the beginning of the buffer. Otherwise, delete all characters to the left of the cursor on the command line.
Ctrl + End (History browsing)If the command line is empty, move the display to the command line. Otherwise, delete all characters to the right of the cursor on the command line.

Taskbar Shortcuts

Present in all editions of Windows, the taskbar allows you to start and monitor programs. Users can also pin their favorite applications to the space, located at the bottom of the screen. Using shortcuts makes the taskbar experience more fluid and productive.

Taskbar Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app or quickly open another instance of an app
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator
Shift + right-click a taskbar buttonDisplay application window menu
Shift + right-click on a grouped taskbar buttonDisplay group window menu
Ctrl + click on a grouped taskbar buttonSwitch group windows

Dialog Box Shortcuts

A dialog box is a secondary window that provides supplementary information about applications or allows users to execute a command. For example, when emptying the Recycle Bin, Windows displays a dialog box with the options “yes” or “no” and asks the user to confirm the action. The shortcuts below are applicable within any dialog box on the system.

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Dialog Box Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
F4Show items in active list
Ctrl + TabAdvance between tabs
Ctrl + Shift + TabBack in the tabs
Ctrl + number (number from 1 to 9)Move to the nth tab
TabAdvance between options
Shift + TabBack to options
Alt + underlined letterRun the command (or select the option) that is used with that letter
SpacebarCheck or uncheck the checkbox if the active option is a checkbox.
BackspaceOpen a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
Direction keysSelect a button if the active option is a radio button group

Windows Explorer Shortcuts

Windows Explorer is the Windows file manager. With the shortcuts below you can select the address bar (to add folder paths), select the search box to find specific files, open a new window, create a new folder, and more.

Windows Explorer Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Alt + DSelect address bar
Ctrl + ESelect search box
Ctrl + FSelect search box
Ctrl + Nopen a new window
Ctrl + Wclose active window
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelChange the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Ctrl + Shift + EShow all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Num Lock + asterisk (*)Show all subfolders of the selected folder
Num Lock + plus (+) keyShow the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + subtraction key (-)Collapse the selected folder
Alt + PShow the preview pane
Alt + EnterOpen Selected Item Properties dialog box
Alt + Right Arrowshow next folder
Alt + Up arrowShow the folder the folder was in
Alt + Left ArrowShow the previous folder
BackspaceShow the previous folder
Right arrowShow current selection (if collapsed) or select the first subfolder
Left arrowCollapse the current selection (if it is expanded) or select the folder in which the current folder was
EndShow the bottom of the active window
HomeShow the top of the active window
F11Maximize or minimize the active window

Desktop Shortcuts

Since its version 10, Windows offers the possibility to create virtual desktops. With them, the user can better organize everyday demands on the same computer, separating personal applications from work programs, for example. The following commands help you access desktop features faster, switch between virtual desktops, close or open desktops, and more.

Virtual Desktop Shortcut

ShortcutAction
Windows + TabOpen task view
Windows + Ctrl + DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + Right ArrowSwitch between virtual desktops created on the right
Windows + Ctrl + Left ArrowSwitch between virtual desktops created on the left
Windows + Ctrl + F4Close the virtual desktop you are using
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